Recipe: Quick Leftover Cassoulet

This is my quick version of the classic french meat-and-bean dish.  It’s a great way to extend leftover meats (read, after Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and the 4th of July) into a filling but surprisingly light dish.  I just made it with leftover turkey with some sausage tossed in.

Cassoulet itself is a traditional French dish whose history and taste is hard to do justice too; there’s a lot of pride in it that is akin to the pride taken in chili or barbecue in the United States.  It also seems to have been an influence on the American Baked Bean.  You can learn some more here:


  • 2 14 oz cans white beans, drained
  • About 1 1/2 lbs assorted meats pre-cooked and/or preserved, diced.  Roughly, match meat to the beans.  It’s best with at least two kinds of meats, and if you don’t have enough meat, add precooked sausage or ham.
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tbsp Herbs De Province.
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef or vegetable broth.
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Up to 1 cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Dice your meats and set aside.
  3. Mix pepper, garlic, herbs de province, tomato paste, broth, olive oil.
  4. Pour beans and meat into casserole dish, mix thoroughly
  5. Pour mixture over beans and meat.  Mix thouroughly.
  6.  Add enough water to just cover beans and meat.  Stir to mix.
  7. Cover with foil.  Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove foil.  Bake for 30 minutes

I made this for a get-together and went over pretty well.  Not overly remarkable, but also filling and it had a certain something to it – I have leftovers I’ll definitely be enjoying.  It’s a basic recipe, one you can easily tweak.

A few suggestions:

    • The Herbs De Province have a sharp edge not everyone may like.  Replacing them with a different spice mixture might be a good idea – though I’m fond of Herbs De Province as a quick way to get a “French Flavor,” though it’s important to remember they’re basically an approximation of herbal mixtures from Provence.
    • Adding a dash of ground cloves might be good.
    • I think baking it uncovered for the entirety of the hour might be a good idea to really bring out the flavors.
    • I served it with baked potatoes, which wer delightful in the sauce.  It would probably go well with bread, or on smashed potatoes

The mix of meats was really delightful, so the more kinds the better!

Recipe: Vegetarian Cassoulet

Cassoulet is a classic french dish of beans, spices, and meats baked slowly.  It’s a real source of pride in France.  The best way I can find to describe it is somewhere between baked beans, chili, and a casserole.

  • 2 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 2 Parsnips peeled, diced.
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced.
  • About 2 cups water.
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked white beans (about 2 14 oz cans)
  • Parsley or scallions to garnish, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a shallow pan, sautee parsnips, sweet potato, onion, and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes.
  3. Mix mustard, vinegar, and a little water into a paste.
  4. Take casserole pan, and add 1 cup of water, mustard mix and spices, blend thoroughly.
  5. Add vegetables and beans to mixture in casserole pan.  Stir thoroughly to mix.
  6. Add remaining water until the mix is just barely covered.
  7. Cover pan in foil.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes.
  9. Uncover pan, bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Stir before serving.  Add parsley or scallions when serving if you wish.

How does it look?  Actually very appealing.

And the result?

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